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corbel

[ kawr-buhl ]
/ 藞k蓴r b蓹l /
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noun
any bracket, especially one of brick or stone, usually of slight extent.
a short horizontal timber supporting a girder.
verb (used with object), cor路beled, cor路bel路ing or (especially British) cor路belled, cor路bel路ling.
to set (bricks, stones, etc.) so as to form a corbel or corbels (usually followed by out).
to support by means of a corbel or corbels.
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Origin of corbel

1375鈥1425; late Middle English <Middle French <Medieval Latin corvellus, equivalent to Latin corv(us) raven1 + -ellus diminutive suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for corbel

corbel
/ (藞k蓴藧bl) architect /

noun
Also called: truss a bracket, usually of stone or brick
verb -bels, -belling or -belled or US -bels, -beling or -beled
(tr) to lay (a stone or brick) so that it forms a corbel

Word Origin for corbel

C15: from Old French, literally: a little raven, from Medieval Latin corvellus, from Latin corvus raven
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